A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon promotes using violence and keeping secrets as methods of solving problems, which isn't the best behavior to model for the youngest viewers. Guns and explosives are used frequently. The show is clever and often imaginative, but the violence makes it better suited for slightly older kids.
What's the story?
From 1965-1968, THE SECRET SQUIRREL SHOW chronicled the adventures of Agent 000 (aka Secret Squirrel, voiced by Mel Blanc) and his pint sized sidekick, Morocco Mole (Paul Frees). Inspired by James Bond, this retro series still airs in repeats. Under the direction of their secret intelligence superior, Double Q (also Frees), Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole fend off evil conspirators with spy-age explosives and other weapons -- including machine guns and rifles.
Is it any good?
The series glamorizes all of these bombs and guns right from the opening credits, which might raise some parental eyebrows. What's more, Secret Squirrel's bulletproof vest does an exceedingly good job of protecting him from others' attacks -- which could help mislead a young child into thinking that guns (and even explosives) don't cause serious injury and death.
The good news? For the most part, the show is futuristic and imaginative, and it can open the door to a discussion about law enforcement and how officials keep the peace and protect citizens. Plus, exposing kids to anything inventive is bound to spark their creative side. Just remember -- if Secret Squirrel is popular in your house, be sure your kid comes away wanting to wear a badge instead of fire a rocket.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about law enforcement as it's depicted in the show. What's a detective? How do detectives hold up the law? Is Secret Squirrel a good detective? How do his duties compare to those of a real detective? Why do you think he relies so heavily on weapons? What's the difference between a detective and a secret agent?
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